FLUTE - Cobus du toit

255 Fine Arts Center
(413) 545-2918

South African native Dr. Cobus du Toit is praised for "technical facility that makes everything look easy" (Opus Colorado) and "rich tone that is especially expressive" (Herald Tribune).

Pretoria News declared: “du Toit makes you believe the impossible. With du Toit in flight one is never aware of technique alone. He is driven by purely musical inspiration.”

A strong advocate for the musical arts, Cobus is an avid soloist, chamber musician and pedagogue who has recently joined the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Cobus can be heard live in concert across the world with summer performances in Colorado, California and Indonesia.    

As an international soloist and chamber musician, Cobus has performed with orchestras in Russia, South Africa and the United States and on concert series in Taiwan, Japan, Germany and France. Cobus has been a prize winner at over a dozen competitions which include the 1st UNISA Southern African National Competition for Woodwinds and Brass, the Byron Hester Competition, the Myrna Brown Competition and the SAMRO International Scholarship Competition. 

In addition to being the principal flute for the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, Cobus is also the flutist for the Antero Winds, a professional woodwind quintet that has been prizewinners at both the Plowman and Fischoff chamber music competitions. Cobus self-produced two recordings available through online platforms: Tríptico with classical guitarist Patrick Sutton and Mythavian with pianist Doreen Lee.

Cobus received his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Pretoria. His principal teachers include John Hinch and Christina Jennings.

photo credit: Eric Berlin

photo credit: Eric Berlin

oboe - FRedric t. cohen 

(413) 545-4688
Artist website 

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Fredric T. Cohen holds the B.M./B.M.E. degree from the Philadelphia Musical Academy where he studied with Stevens Hewitt. In addition, Professor Cohen was a student of Jerry Sirucek at Indiana University and studied privately with John De Lancie and Marcel Moyse.

An active performer as well as teacher, Professor Cohen recently retired after 32 seasons as principal oboist with the Springfield (MA) Symphony. He performs regularly with the Avanti Wind Quintet, a faculty chamber music ensemble in residence at the University, and is a recitalist and clinician. He has been the resident conductor and coordinator of orchestral activities at the University and is the conductor of the orchestra and head of the woodwind program at the Greenwood Music Camp.

He has performed as soloist and principal oboist with the Harvard Chamber Orchestra, Boston Composers Orchestra, Boston Baroque, Arcadia Players (period instruments) and Collage. He has taught oboe, coached chamber music, and conducted Wind Ensembles at the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston University, Boston Conservatory of Music, Longy School of Music and the Great Woods Festival and can be heard on recordings issued by Telarc, Gasparo, Northeastern, Gunmar, BEEP, and Opus One Records.

In addition, Professor Cohen has toured in Europe and the United States with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra. As soloist, he has premiered concertos by Salvatore Macchia (with the Springfield Symphony), Robert Nieske, Hsueh Yung Shen, Christopher Morris, and Ivan Tcherepnin. He has been a guest artist with such ensembles as the Muir Quartet, the Massachusetts Chamber Players, The Arcadia Players, Boston Baroque, and has performed at the Connecticut Early Music Festival, the Mohawk Trails concerts, Musicorda, and many other festivals. He was a featured artist in the British Double Reed Society's oboe festival at Christ Church College in Canterbury, England, at the 1996 International Double Reed Society's conference in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and at the 2007 IDRS conference in Ithaca, New York. In June of 2001, Mr. Cohen went to England where he was the oboe soloist with the Folkestone and Hythe Orchestra performing the Concerto for Oboe by Mozart. He returned to England in August 2002 to be in residence at the Dartington International Summer School where he gave the oboe master class and performed chamber music.




167 Fine Arts Center

Bassoonist Rémy Taghavi is an active performer and educator in the New York City area. He has performed, toured and recorded with numerous groups and festivals across North America, South America, and Asia.

Rémy is principal bassoon of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, co-founder of the Annapolis Chamber Music Festival, and a member of the chamber ensembles SoundMind and Frisson. Other groups with which he has collaborated include the Princeton, Cape, and American Youth Symphonies, the New York Symphonic Ensemble, Contemporaneous, Ensemble Échappé, the New York Classical Players, Stereo Hideout, and ensemble mise-en. During the 2014-15 season, he was an associate member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

In 2016 he was awarded a two-year fellowship with Ensemble Connect, a program of Carnegie Hall, the Juilliard School, the Weill Music Institute and the New York City Department of Education. That same year he performed the Mozart Bassoon Concerto with the Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra as a Concerto Competition winner.

Mr. Taghavi holds faculty positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Rocky Ridge Music Center’s Young Artist Seminar and the Evening Division at The Juilliard School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, received a Master’s degree from the Juilliard School, and a DMA from Stony Brook University. His primary teachers include Frank Morelli, Judith Farmer, and Norbert Nielubowski.


279 Fine Arts Center
(413) 545-4776

Praised as "extraordinary" and "a formidable clarinetist" by the New York Times, Romie de Guise-Langlois has appeared as soloist and chamber musician on major concert stages throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. 

She has performed as soloist with the Houston Symphony, the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ensemble ACJW, the Yale Philharmonia, McGill University Symphony Orchestra, at Music@Menlo, and the Banff Center for the Arts. She won Astral Artists’ 2011 National Auditions and was awarded First Prize in the 2009 Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Competition. She also captured the top prize in the Woolsey Hall Competition at Yale University, the McGill University Classical Concerto Competition, and the Canadian Music Competition, and was the recipient of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation award. Ms. de Guise-Langlois is a Yamaha Artist and her performances have been broadcast on WNYC, WFMT, WQXR, Houston Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, and across Canada on Radio-Canada.

An avid chamber musician, Ms. de Guise-Langlois joined the roster of Chamber Music Society Two in 2012. She spent recent summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and toured with Musicians from Marlboro. She has appeared on the concert series of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Chamber Music Northwest, Boston Chamber Music Society, Astral Artists, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Royal Conservatory, Ravinia Festival, the 92nd Street Y, Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, and the Salt Bay Chamberfest.

Ms. de Guise-Langlois is the founding member of the Pivot Chamber Soloists, Atria Ensemble, and Sospiro Winds. As part of her chamber music ensembles, she received First Prize at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition and the Silver Medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Association. Ms. de Guise-Langlois has collaborated with such distinguished artists as Mitsuko Uchida, Yo-Yo Ma, Jeremy Denk, David Shifrin, Peter Wiley, Scott St. John, Viviane Hagner, Larry Combs, Tara O’Connor, and the Silk Road Ensemble. She has performed as principal clarinetist for the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the New Haven and Stamford symphony orchestras, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and The Knights Chamber Orchestra.

A devoted educator, Ms. de Guise-Langlois engages communities as a clarinet professor, performer, and teaching artist. She has given masterclasses in Asia, Canada, and the U.S. and has been on the faculty of Kean University and the Colorado College Summer Music Festival. She was recently part of the Musical Connections program of Carnegie Hall and presently serves as an Adjunct Professor of clarinet at Montclair State University and as the Interim Studio Clarinettist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

A native of Montreal, Romie de Guise-Langlois received a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University. She also holds a Master of Music degree, supported by the Canada Council of Arts, and an Artist Diploma from the Yale School of Music, where she received the Nyfenger Memorial Prize for excellence in woodwind playing. Her principal teachers include David Shifrin, Michael Dumouchel, and André Moisan. Ms. de Guise-Langlois recently completed her fellowship at The Academy – A Program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute.

saxophone - jonathan hulting-cohen

Fine Arts Center, Room 258
Personal website: jonathanhultingcohen.com
Saxophone studio webpage

Jonathan Hulting-Cohen, saxophonist, has performed worldwide, including at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, Colburn’s Thayer Hall, and in ten performances at SaxOpen across Strasbourg, France, in 2015 as a soloist and with his vaudeville saxophone sextet, The Moanin’ Frogs. He also played concertos alongside principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and performed under John Adams and David Robertson.

With harpist Jennifer R. Ellis in the Admiral Launch Duo, Jonathan commissioned eight pieces for saxophone and harp. The duo’s highlights include performing at Northwestern University and a residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute. He also led an interdisciplinary performance project combining dance, music, visual art, and performance technology, which culminated in a film premiered at the 17th World Saxophone Congress.

Jonathan is Assistant Professor of Saxophone at University of Massachusetts Amherst. He studied with Donald Sinta at University of Michigan. He is a Conn-Selmer Artist and uses Selmer (Paris) saxophones.

trumpet - eric berlin

256 Fine Arts Center
(413) 577-1582
Trumpet Studio website

Trumpeter Eric Berlin has made the music of our time the focus of his career. As a soloist, Eric has commissioned, premiered and recorded new works for trumpet from some of today's most exciting composers, including Robert Bradshaw, Michael Ellison, Eric Ewazen, Evan Hause, Salvatore Macchia, Stephen Paulus, and James Stephenson. A new recording of American Trumpet Sonatas with pianist Nadine Shank is scheduled for release in 2012 with two other recording projects of new chamber music and new music for trumpet and band also in progress. In March of 2012 Mr. Berlin premiered and recorded "True Colors" for Trumpet and Orchestra, a new concerto by Grawemeyer award winning composer George Tsontakis commissioned for him by the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Berlin has been featured soloist with many ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project about which the Boston Globe wrote "Eric Berlin poured out dazzling, clarion brightness with elegant edges." Mr. Berlin performed as a soloist with John Williams conducting his own music from "Born on the Fourth of July," as well as with Hartford, Albany and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestras, the Helsinki University Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and the wind ensembles of the University of Massachusetts and the University of Denver.

As Principal Trumpet of the Albany Symphony Orchestra since 1998, Eric Berlin and can be heard with that ensemble on more than a dozen acclaimed recordings that include works by Morton Gould, John Harbison, Roy Harris and William Schuman to name a few. He holds the same position with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and is a member of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, where he can be heard on over two dozen recordings by living American composers including Derek Bermel, Lukas Foss, Charles Fussell, Steven Mackey, Gunther Schuller, and Evan Ziporyn. Since 2006, has spent his summers performing as Associate Principal Trumpet of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder, CO. In addition to his regular positions, he has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic, as well as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

Mr. Berlin enjoys international regard as a trumpet pedagogue. He maintains a studio as Artist-Teacher of Trumpet at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, where he hosted the 2007 International Trumpet Guild Conference. He has given master classes at the University of North Texas, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northeastern University, and University of New Hampshire, as well as the Turku Conservatory in Turku and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Eric is a member of the Board of Directors and a lifetime member of the International Trumpet Guild. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Mr. Berlin attended the New England Conservatory of Music, where he was a student of Charles Schlueter, former Principal Trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Robert Nagel of the New York Brass Quintet. He has also studied extensively with Vince Penzerella of the New York Philharmonic, Tom Rolfs of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Frank Kadarabek, former Principal Trumpet of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

horn - joshua michal

Fine Arts Center, Room 161
Horn studio website

A native of Ohio, Joshua Michal performs regularly with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is currently a member of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and plays 2nd horn with the Lancaster Music Festival. Dr. Michal has toured with the Boston Brass and has recently performed with the Charleston Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Brass Ensemble and the Breckenridge Music Festival. 

Dr. Michal can be heard on the Resound Label with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Bernard Haitink performing Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and on the Analekta label with L'Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne as solo horn for Bruckner's Symphony No. 4

From 2007-09, Dr. Michal was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and was actively involved in music outreach efforts within the city of Chicago through programs such as MusicCorps and the Merit School of Music.

He received his degrees from Indiana University (B.M.), Northwestern University (M.M.), and The Ohio State University (D.M.A.). He completed additional studies at Bowling Green State University and the IES Institute in Vienna, Austria. His principal teachers include Rosemary Williams, Michael Hatfield, Michael Höltzel, Richard Seraphinoff, Jeff Nelsen, Volker Altmann, Gail Williams, Liz Freimuth, and Bruce Henniss.

trombone - greg spirodopoulos

149K Fine Arts Center
(413) 545-6059

Greg Spiridopoulos is a member of the Empire Brass Quintet, principal trombone of the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra, and a member of the Portland Symphony and Boston Philharmonic orchestras.

Mr. Spiridopoulos has also performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Mstislav Rostropovich and Robert Spano. He has performed with the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart, John Williams and Erich Kunzel.

An enthusiast of historical performance, Mr. Spiridopoulos has custom-built his own Classical Period replica alto and tenor trombones, which he uses in performances with the Handel and Haydn Society. He can be heard on the Handel and Haydn Society’s recording of Mozart’s Requiem, under the direction of Harry Christophers. He has also worked under the direction Christopher Hogwood, Grant Llewellyn and John Nelson in the Handel and Haydn Society.

As an active free-lance musician, Mr. Spiridopoulos has performed with the Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Cantata Singers of Boston, Emmanuel Music, the West Virginia Symphony, Key West Symphony, New Hampshire Music Festival, the Empire Brass Quintet, Burning River Brass and many others.

Since 2010, Mr. Spiridopoulos has been Lecturer of Trombone at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has performed recitals and presented master classes at numerous schools including Boston University, University of New Hampshire, University of North Texas, Baylor University, Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University and Oklahoma City University. In June 2012, he appeared as a guest soloist at the International Trumpet Guild Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Spiridopoulos has also been a featured faculty soloist with the University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble and Concert Bands.

A native of Vienna, Virginia, Mr. Spiridopoulos received his Master of Music degree from Boston University, where he studied with Ronald Barron. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from Michigan State University, studying with Curtis Olson and Philip Sinder; and was a proud member of the Spartan Marching Band.

photo credit: Eric Berlin

photo credit: Eric Berlin

tuba/euphonium - john bottomley

277 Fine Arts Center
(413) 577-2346

John Bottomley joined the faculty of University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2009, having previously taught at collegiate institutions including: Kent State University, Miami University (Ohio), and Wright State University.

John also maintains an active performing career as an orchestral and chamber musician and has performed with such groups as the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Cincinnati Opera and Ballet Orchestras, and the Albany Symphony Orchestra.

His career has also taken him to Germany, where he performed with the Philharmonie Der Nationen under the baton of Justus Frantz. As a founding member of the Manhattan Brass Quintet he won prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the New York Brass Conference.

Dr. Bottomley received his D.M.A. from The Ohio State University under tubist Jim Akins of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and was among the first to graduate from the orchestral performance degree program. While in New York he studied with Toby Hanks, former tubist of the New York City Ballet and the New York Brass Quintet. He completed his Bachelor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while studying with tubist and composer John Stevens.

percussion - ayano kataoka

254 Fine Arts Center
(413) 545-3258
Professional website: www.ayanokataoka.com

Percussionist and marimbist Ayano Kataoka is known for her brilliant and dynamic technique, as well as the unique elegance and artistry she brings to her performances.

Together with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History, Ms. Kataoka gave a world premiere of Bruce Adolphe's Self Comes to Mind for cello and two percussionists, based on a text by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio, and featuring interactive video images of brain scans triggered by the live music performance. She presented a solo recital as part of the prestigious B to C (Bach to Contemporary) recital series at the Tokyo Opera City Recital Hall, which was broadcast nationally in Japan on NHK television. Other highlights include a performance of Steven Mackey’s Micro-Concerto for Percussion Solo and Chamber Ensemble at Alice Tully Hall, a theatrical performance of Stravinsky's Soldier's Tale at the 92nd Street Y with violinist Jaime Laredo and actors Alan Alda and Noah Wyle, and performances of Bartok's Sonata for Two Pianos and percussion at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center with pianists Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki. Her performances can be also heard on Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, New World, New Focus, and Albany recording labels.

A leading proponent of contemporary repertoire, Ms. Kataoka has participated in several consortiums to commission works for solo marimba or chamber ensemble from such composers as Charles Wuorinen, Martin Bresnick, Paul Lansky, and Alejandro Vinao. She is particularly drawn to compositions that involve the whole person, using standard percussion instruments and unique musical materials along with spoken voice, singing, acting, and elegant props. She has given numerous performances and master classes throughout the U.S. and Canada as a member of the Sylvia Smith Percussion Duo featuring Stuart Saunders Smith's percussion/theatre music, at such educational institutions as the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of California San Diego, New York University, Stony Brook University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of North Texas, Bowling Green State University, and the University of British Columbia, among others. She also appeared as an onstage musician with a small acting part in the Yale Repertory Theater production of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well.

A native of Japan, Ms. Kataoka began her marimba studies at age five, and percussion at fifteen. She started her performing career as a marimbist with a tour of China at the age of nine. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts Music, her Master of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and her Artist Diploma degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with world-renowned marimba virtuoso Robert van Sice. She was the first percussionist to be chosen for The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Chamber Music Society Two, a three-season residency program for emerging artists offering high-profile performance opportunities in collaboration with The Chamber Music Society.

percussion - thomas hannum

202 George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building
(413) 545-6060

Thom Hannum has been teaching at the University of Massachusetts Amherst since 1984; he serves as the Coordinator of the Marimba Band/Marimba Ensemble program as well as Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band. His contributions were acknowledged when he received the Distinguished Service to the University Award.

Mr. Hannum has long been regarded as one of the nation's foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He is known internationally for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana. Thom is also a charter member of the design team for the Tony Award-winning show Blast!

In the summer of 2001, Mr. Hannum was selected for induction into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame. He is also a member of the Hall of Fame for the Cadets of Bergen County, and the Crossmen Drum & Bugle Corps. Thom is a product consultant and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, Evans Drum Heads, the Pearl Corporation, and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets where he has developed several Signature Series drumsticks and keyboard mallets. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society where he has served on the Marching Percussion Committee for 12 years.

Through the Hal Leonard Corporation, Mr. Hannum has published a Textbook and corresponding Student Workbook, Championship Concepts For Marching Percussion, which provide many band programs with a comprehensive foundation for percussion education. His instructional video, produced by Alfred's Publishing, Fundamental Techniques For Marching Percussion, demonstrates many of the concepts outlined in the books. Thom has published percussion arrangements and solos with Warner Brothers, Rowloff Productions, and Drop6 Media, Inc. He is currently working on two new book projects with Alfred's Publishing.